Dan Parks' touchline conversion of Kieran Marmion's try proved decisive as Connacht recorded an historic 16-14 win away to Toulouse, completing a clean sweep of Heineken Cup victories for the Irish provinces this weekend.
Prolific Ulster showed Benetton Treviso no quarter at Ravenhill, pulverising the Italians with a seven-try tour de force to seize a vital bonus point at the halfway stage of the Heineken Cup pool stages.
Something will have to give at Franklin's Gardens on Saturday evening as two of Irish and English rugby's form teams at present - Northampton Saints and Leinster - meet in a mouth-watering Heineken Cup round 3 tie.
Ulster kept up their quest for a top four RaboDirect PRO12 position as Darren Cave's first half try and solid kicking from Paddy Jackson helped them get the better of second-from-bottom Zebre in Parma.
The Connacht squad trained in Galway yesterday afternoon as the province stepped up their preparations for Saturday evening's Heineken Cup round 4 encounter with Toulouse at the Sportsground (kick-off 6pm).
Last year's winners Munster and chief rivals Leinster will clash in a mouth-watering IRFU Women's Interprovincial Championship title decider at Thomond Park on Saturday. That is after both sides secured their second wins of the series in round 2.
Watch highlights of Leinster's 36-0 victory over Connacht in the second round of the IRFU Women's Interprovincial Championship at Ashbourne RFC. The result sets up a title decider between defending champions Munster and Leinster at Thomond Park next Saturday.